Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Beyonce Black Velvet Dress - M5753 & S4070 PT II

I want to wear this dress to an annual dinner party (October 2009). But hope to have it finished long before then. I'm using M5753 and S4070 to create the bodice for the dress, and M5753 for the skirt minus the pockets. There shouldn't be any problems with making the belt. I made similar belts in the past.

Right now I see the bodice as my biggest challenge. It has two styles incorporated into one: part follows the neckline of one of the McCall pattern views and the other follows a heart shaped close fitting bodice. I don't know what the back looks like, but I'm guessing it follows the same design as the front.

Yesterday I sketched a picture (sleeves too long and the neckline needs to come up) of the dress and finished cutting the patterns.

Afterwards I pondered how to replicate the styling of the bodice. I laid the Simplicity pattern pieces atop of the McCall's pattern trying to get a visual and get the creative juice flowing. Hoping that a process for putting it all together would come to me. I thought of cutting the McCall's pattern where it would join the bodice pieces of the Simplicity pattern. Then I though how would I line the bodice. ..., Still not there yet.

Any thoughts?


  1. With your skills, you will work some magic and make this darling dress. I am a Beyonce fan!... but sometimes she goes a bit too far. This is so now and flattering and pleasingly modest.

  2. Great idea, laying the one pattern on top of the other. So simple, but I have never thought of doing that. As usual I make more work for myself than I should. Thanks for the tip. I am sure you will do a wonderful job on the dress - looking forward to seeing the final result.

  3. Love the stretch of the dress you made. Can't wait to see how it turns out good luck:)

  4. Great style for you. I wonder if the upper bodice is silk and not velvet. It seems to have a different sheen to it.

  5. I think this would work. You could still line the bodice, too, without too much work. I think this will be perfect for your dinner event.



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